Thursday, May 22, 2008 Hosting Rocks!

NOT a Paid Post, Earned It the Old-Fashioned Way...Through Solid Customer Service and Tech Support

As my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know, I have been working diligently behind the scenes to develop a self-hosted WordPress blog. I spent the past week trying to make it work with the host of my business web site, but they provided little to no support and denied me access to the code/files that would allow me to do it myself.

Through WordPress For Dummies (yep, that's me), I found Blogs-About Hosting and made the switch last night. I did a lot of research on web hosts, but found that most of them, including others recommended in the book, would make no commitment that my WordPress blog would actually work. Thanks to Chris Wilson in the Blogs-About tech support department, my new WordPress MU (multi-user) community is up and running about 24 hours after my initial registration. Chris did warn me that Blogs-About tech support runs approximately $50-60/hour, which translates to $20 for minor site maintenance, $40 for moderate site maintenance, and $80 for significant site maintenance. Seems fair to me, since I only paid $96 for a year's worth of their BA100 hosting package. While I may need to move to a larger Blogs-About Hosting package if you all sign up for Roxy blogs, we can cross that bridge when we come to it, and it feels like I can count on Blogs-About to provide the necessary tech support at any level.

I'm not going to reveal my new URL until I get the themes and content just right (just give me a couple weeks of sleepless nights), but for anyone who's interested in moving from a Blogger/Blogspot blog to your own URL with the cool WordPress themes, Blogs-About Hosting is the place to go. You may also want to pick up a copy of WordPress For the link below to buy it from Amazon and earn me a few pennies in the process.


Matthew S. Urdan said...

Congratulations on the migration...I can't wait to see your themes...but don't new and cool theme is a blogger theme--albeit a custom one. I recommend you call Zoe! She's amazing.

RoxiticusDH said...

I fired off an email to Zoe as soon as I saw what she had done to your looks terrific, and I can't wait to see how it unfolds with the change of seasons. Unfortunately, Zoe only does Blogger/Blogspot design, not WordPress. Since I have lots of traffic here on the blogger version of Roxiticus Desperate Housewives, I'm not likely to give this site up, so I will probably enlist Zoe for a site redo over the summer.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a terrific long Memorial Day Weekend!